Our 16-day itinerary includes 10 days of trekking. We begin our adventure in Pokhara, a city which was only accessible by foot until the 1960s. It lies on an old trading route between India and China and has become one of Nepal’s main cities, it is said to be the tourism capital of the country! We spend our first day there preparing for the trail to come, relaxing and soaking up the bustling atmosphere of the city.
We follow a stunningly beautiful route to Annapurna Base Camp. Our first days on the trail are spent meandering through lush alpine forest, following the river and passing many beautiful waterfalls. We will also take time each day to stop in the picturesque villages along the trail and enjoy a refreshing cup of chai while we rest our legs and observe the traditional Nepalese way of life around us. We stay in small locally run tea houses each night where our hosts are always waiting with a warm stove and a hot meal!
The night we spend in Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) is undoubtedly the highlight of the trek. We arrive into camp early in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day relaxing in our picturesque surroundings and taking plenty of photos! We rise early the next morning to watch the sun come up and fill the amphitheatre of giant peaks that surround us.
After returning to Pokhara and completing our trek we spend some time in Kathmandu – the country’s capital city and its largest. It is the centre of Nepal’s economy, history, art and culture. There is so much to see and do and the busy city is a thrilling contrast to the sedate pace of our quiet mountain life on the trail.
We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Annapurna Base Camp expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Annapurna Base Camp expeditions allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.
Earth’s Edge guide Louise hosted a talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin where she discussed the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This is one of her favourite treks, and you can really hear how much she loves it in the talk. Enjoy!
Depart Dublin for Kathmandu. Overnight flight.
Arrive in Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Relax or explore!
Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara, 30 mins.
Fly to Pokhara. Expedition brief and time to explore.
Pokhara to Nayapul to Ulleri, 7 hrs.
Take the bus to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri. Altitude 2,050m.
Ulleri to Ghorepani Upper, 6 hrs.
We pass waterfalls, small villages and several tea houses to reach Ghorepani. Altitude 2,750m.
Ghorepani to Tadapani via Poon Hill, 8 hrs.
We rise early to trek to Poon Hill (3,210m) in time to see the sunrise over the mighty Himalayas. After breakfast, we follow the trail to Tadapani where we spend the night. Altitude 2,700m.
Tadapani to Chhumrong, 5 hrs.
Today is another great day on the trail as we begin to settle into the rhythm of mountain life. Altitude 2,170m.
Chhumrong to Bamboo, 6 hrs.
We trek higher up the valley to reach Bamboo. Altitude 2,310m.
Bamboo to Deurali, 6 hrs.
A challenging day today as we ascend over 900 metres to Deurali. Altitude 3,230m.
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp, 6 hrs.
Today is a special day with some of the best views on the trek including Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Gandharva Chuli (6,248m) and Gangapurna (7,545m). Altitude 4,130m.
Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan, 7 hrs.
After having breakfast in Annapurna Base Camp we retrace our steps back to Dovan which is situated before Bamboo. Altitude 2,505m.
Dovan to Jhinu Danda, 8 hrs
Two big ascents today but the views are spectacular and the trail brings us to the bustling little village of Jhinu Danda which is full of colour and atmosphere. Altitude 1,760m.
Jhinu Danda to Siwal, 4 hrs. Drive to Pokhara.
Our last day on the trail is an easy one as we walk through the beautiful hilly countryside to reach the finishing point of our trek in Siwal. From there we drive to Pokhara where you have a free afternoon to explore the city or relax.
Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Enjoy a special celebratory meal in the evening.
Kathmandu to Dublin.
Free day to explore Kathmandu before departure.
Arrive in Dublin.
Arrive back in Dublin in the morning.
If you're going to Annapurna Sanctuary, it's good to know some facts about this amazing part of the world! We've put together a few facts for you here!
Annapurna doesn't refer to one mountain, but rather a massif with multiple peaks. It has one peak over 8,000 metres, thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres and sixteen others over 6,000 metres!
Annapurna I is one of only 14 mountains in the world that stands over 8,000 metres and it often considered the most difficult to summit.
Because of the height of the surrounding mountains, there are completely different ecosystems on different sides of the mountains. The slopes that face south tend to have thick tropical jungles, but the Northern slopes tend to be colder and drier.
Nepal and Sherpa Facts
Nepalese people don’t usually greet each other by a shake of hands or hug. They hold both of their palms, bow down and say ‘Namaste’. Mythically this means that they salute the God living inside the soul.
People of the Khumbu region are called Sherpas who have adapted to living in high altitude conditions for generations. Sherpas are key sources of climbing expertise, advice and help. Most Sherpas under the age of 50 tend to have a good level of English.
Best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp
To avoid the monsoon season in Nepal, we trek to the Annapurna Base Camp in September/ October. This means that we're hiking in the dry season, however, this is still high up in the Himalayas so there is a chance of rain.
It tends to be quite warm during the day, but once the sun goes down it can get quite nippy. Temperatures usually stay around 20°C but can push 30°C. At night it can get down to 5°C but has been known to dip below zero.